TORONTO, Dec. 14, 2012 /CNW/ - The release today of the Canada-U.S.
progress report to country leaders on regulatory cooperation and
alignment is welcome and an encouraging sign for Canada's leading
vehicle manufacturers whose operations and supply chains are fully
integrated on a North American basis.
The automotive industry accounts for over $100 billion in trade between
Canada and the U.S., representing approximately 20% of total trade
between the two countries. Of the more than two million vehicles
produced annually in Canada, CVMA member companies account for 65% of
all production, with 89% exported to our primary market, the United
"We are pleased to see that material progress is being made in relation
to the Action Plan under the Regulatory Cooperation Council and the
Beyond the Border Action Plan and fully agree with the reports which
acknowledge that a good deal more needs to be done", said Mark Nantais,
Better aligned product regulations make good business and public policy
sense, which has led to a high level of cooperation between Canadian
and U.S. regulators on the implementation of some of the most advance
stringent vehicle safety and environmental regulations in the world.
"Going forward, one of the most important outcomes will be to institute
a memorialized process of joint regulatory agency cooperation and
development of regulations with systematic solutions to avoid the
creation of new regulatory misalignments. Greater harmonization of
product standards will reduce costs and make more advanced vehicle
technologies more affordable for consumers", said Mr. Nantais.
The Better Border Action Plan that is being pursued now and over the
next few years will be key to achieving more efficient border crossings
and ensure qualifying trusted trader companies are able to more
effectively move manufacturing parts and components across the border
as required for the highly integrated automotive industry and its
supply chain. Also as an important adjunct to this activity, the
government of Canada is to be highly commended for its role in working
with the state of Michigan, and the U.S. federal government to ensure
that the new international border crossing at the Detroit-Windsor
gateway is built. The industry is looking forward to working with the
government to implement all aspects of the action plans that will
address our need for alignment of trusted trader customs facilitation
programs, border crossing procedures and vehicle standards between
Canada and the United States", said Mr. Nantais.
About the Canadian Vehicle Manufacturers Association (CVMA)
The Canadian Vehicle Manufacturers' Association is the industry
association that has represented Canada's leading manufacturers of
light and heavy duty motor vehicles for more than 85 years. Its
membership includes Chrysler Canada Inc.; Ford Motor Company of Canada,
Limited; General Motors of Canada Limited; and Navistar Canada, Inc.
Collectively its members account for 65% of vehicles produced in
Canada, operate 5 vehicle assembly plants as well as engine and
components plants, and have over 1,300 dealerships. 125,000 jobs are
directly tied to vehicle assembly in Canada. Direct and indirect jobs
associated with vehicle manufacturing are estimated at over 500,000
across Canada. Please visit www.cvma.ca.
SOURCE: Canadian Vehicle Manufacturers' Association (CVMA)
For further information:
Mark Nantais, President
Canadian Vehicle Manufacturers' Association